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The role of procedural memory in grammar and numeracy skills

Mimeau, C; Coleman, M; Donlan, C; (2016) The role of procedural memory in grammar and numeracy skills. Journal of Cognitive Psychology , 28 (8) pp. 899-908. 10.1080/20445911.2016.1223082. Green open access

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the contribution of procedural memory to grammar and numeracy skills, which both involve the manipulation of abstract patterns. Seventy-six typically developing children between 5 and 7 years of age were assessed on grammar with a past tense production task and a sentence comprehension task, on numeracy with a counting task and a calculation task, and on procedural memory with a serial reaction time task. Moderate correlations were found between the measures of grammar and numeracy. Moreover, 4 hierarchical linear regressions indicated that procedural memory was associated with calculation but not with counting or grammar skills when age and working memory were taken into account. These novel findings suggest that procedural memory may have a role to play in the development of some numeracy skills. Several possible explanations for the absence of contribution to grammar are considered.

Type: Article
Title: The role of procedural memory in grammar and numeracy skills
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1223082
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2016.1223082
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Cognitive Psychology on 23 August 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/20445911.2016.1223082.
Keywords: Procedural memory, statistical learning, grammar, numeracy, typically developing children
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1501512
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